Remembering when… Menu made WTCC history

Remembering when… Menu made WTCC history

07/09/2017 12:00

Prior to 2011 the FIA World Touring Car Championship had never ventured to mainland China. But that changed when the Tianma Circuit in Shanghai hosted the penultimate event of the season on 6 November with Alain Menu taking the first race laurels for Chevrolet.

Starting from pole following a rain-hit qualifying, the Swiss built an early lead before Colin Turkington made his move, closing up in his Wiechers-Sport BMW. Menu responded and took the victory by a little more than one second with his factory Chevrolet team-mate Rob Huff completing the podium for a British two-three.

While Race 1 was a relatively tame affair, there was drama from the start in Race 2 with Norbert Michelisz, Tiago Monteiro, Javier Villa and Darryl O’Young eliminated in a multi-car clash on the opening tour. Leader Gabriele Tarquini and pole-sitter Huff then clashed later on lap one. While the Italian held on to top spot, Huff slipped to fourth before fighting back to third. But Tarquini’s advantage wouldn’t last for long, however, when Yvan Muller demoted him for a lead he wouldn’t relinquish on lap four.

China has remained on the WTCC roster ever since and even got two races in 2014 when Goldenport Park in Beijing was called on to replace the cancelled Sonoma event in the USA. But after a five-year stint at the Shanghai International Circuit, this year’s FIA WTCC Race of China, scheduled for 13-15 October, will take place at the all-new Ningbo International Speedpark.

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season heads to Qatar next for a thrilling showdown with three prestigious titles still up for grabs.

Rob Huff joined fellow winners Edoardo Mortara and Daniel Ticktum in celebrating their respective triumphs in Macau this afternoon.

A faultless display on his Macau debut has ensured that Thed Björk tops the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ heading to the season-closing double-header in Qatar later this month.

Rob Huff made history by winning for a record-breaking ninth time around the Guia street track as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau while Norbert Michelisz cut Thed Björk’s title lead to 6.5 points with two races left in Qatar next month.

Rob Huff claimed the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy to cap a successful FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau weekend for the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver.

Former world champion Rob Huff has claimed a record-breaking ninth Guia Race win as he dominated a wet Main Race at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau.